Duration Health

What are you prepared for?

You injure your hand with a hammer while preparing for a weather emergency. 48 hours later, stranded inside, the wound becomes infected, with draining white pus and redness spreading up your arm. You successfully treat the infection with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim®).
An influenza pandemic develops in the United States. You avoid urgent care, the emergency room, and the pharmacy, decreasing your risk of exposure. You treat yourself prophylactically with oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) while others wait for the government to release its stockpile.
You’re on a road trip and get food poisoning. You treat your nausea and vomiting with ondansetron (Zofran®) and are able to salvage the trip.
While traveling in Southeast Asia, you have unprotected sex with someone who you later find out might be HIV positive. You take emtricitabine-tenofovir (Truvada®) and raltegravir (Isentress®) within 48 hours, preventing HIV infection.
You’re in New York City when a bioterrorist disperses a nerve agent. You treat yourself with atropine/pralidoxime (Duodote®), and the antidote saves your life.
At a sporting event, you witness an explosion and a victim is bleeding profusely. You apply an Israeli bandage as a tourniquet and stop the bleeding, saving his life.
Following a major flood, emergency medical services in your town are limited. Your neighbor has a severe allergic reaction, and you save her life with an injection of epinephrine (Epi-Pen®).
You’re working overtime to meet a client deadline when you develop symptoms of a urinary tract infection. You treat yourself with nitrofurantoin (Macrobid®) and fix the problem without spending the afternoon at urgent care.
While camping, a piece of dust blows in your eye and leaves you with a painful, watery eye the next day. You numb your eye with tetracaine, treat yourself with ofloxacin eye drops, and the symptoms resolve.